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Chad Johnson
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November 12, 2008 - 8:55 am
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I've never had an issue with Windows being installed on a drive other than C (except for when I forget and wonder why my C drive deleted the Windows directory).

Well written software will use the environment variables in Windows to find the system drive anyway. Poorly written software...well, try not to run it.

Right now, my media center is installed on K:, my work computer is installed on I:, and my laptop is...well, it's running Linux, but when I had Windows on it it was installed on D:.

The key is to have fixed drive in the C through whatever spots. The removable drives, if they disappear during bootup, can potentially cause your drives to be remapped on startup. That's where the issues come from.

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November 12, 2008 - 8:19 pm
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This is not my computer. My buddy is "slightly" computer literate. I try to keep him out of trouble but it is not always possible.
If I get too "techie" with him, I get that "deer in the headlights" stare.
I do appreciate all of the help.
I have no idea why his OS was installed on the "I" drive.

CT

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November 12, 2008 - 10:24 pm
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well, how or why or if it even matters if the install is on the I drive or elsewhere, there is still a serious problem.

I know he's not techy, but his machine is going to need to be wiped, after backing up his data (if it hasn't been already).

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November 13, 2008 - 8:38 pm
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My pal decided to just buy buy as new, super dooper computer and forget the problems with his present machine. I will take the old one, install a new XP OS and give it to my son.
Thanks everyone....

CT

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November 13, 2008 - 8:53 pm
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Hey CT - Wish I had some friends like that I had a mate who used to sell his house each time it needed painting and buy a new one.....too strange!

JIM

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November 14, 2008 - 2:56 am
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Sweet deal! Make sure you help him get the new computer cleaned up and protected with some decent software. Otherwise you'll be going through this again!

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November 14, 2008 - 11:02 am
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[quote="DavesComputerTips":4adjqmu6]Sweet deal! Make sure you help him get the new computer cleaned up and protected with some decent software. Otherwise you'll be going through this again![/quote:4adjqmu6]

Then again, if he's just going to keep replacing it and giving you the old one, you may not want to help him.

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We decided to not get a new computer !!! I put a fresh install of XP Pro, and also purchased a new router. Everything was working great this afternoon. Jim calls a few minutes ago and says that the screen resolution changed (by itself???) and now the old "No connectivity" message is back.
We did reinsert files that had been backed up but those were scanned 2 times (Avira, AVG) before we put them on his new install.
More of the saga on Sunday after I can look at his machine.
I will run a Hijack This and post the files.

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November 30, 2008 - 9:56 am
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CT,

I have two questions that will help me point you in the right direction. Any other details you can give me will be helpful, since I'm not able to see for myself.

1. Are they using the default wireless configuration on the Linksys, or did they set it up to use security?
2. If they are not using the default configuration, then I need to know if the SSID is set to broadcast, and what type of security they configured.

Often, a non-broadcasting router won't show up in the "view available wireless networks" since it's technically not available. There are other connectivity issues, too, but I need some info to help you track them down.

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We have resolved the issue by enabling the XP Wireless Utility.
This is a secure WPA2 connection.

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[quote="CarbonTerry":2hchyls4]We have resolved the issue by enabling the XP Wireless Utility.
This is a secure WPA2 connection.[/quote:2hchyls4]

Glad to hear it, and good for you for using WPA2 security. That's the only way to go these days.

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December 1, 2008 - 7:58 pm
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[quote="thegeek":3p3iamwk]Glad to hear it, and good for you for using WPA2 security. That's the only way to go these days.[/quote:3p3iamwk]

And like my friend Ken tells me, "Use a strong password!"

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December 1, 2008 - 10:38 pm
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Thanks everyone for the help!!
CT

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